I am so excited to announce that we welcomed our second son, Theodore ‘Theo’ Ryan into the world on September 10, 2014 at 4:48PM. He was 7lbs 1oz and 21 inches long. His head was 34.5″ and waist 32.5″. He decided to come 6 days early and I was definitely ok with that. I was hoping he’d come a smidge early since his brother came 7 days early.
This post is only day one. I decided to break it up because there are just so many pictures!
I went into labor at 4:15AM on September 10. Of course I wasn’t sure if I was really in labor but I was timing my contractions and they were coming non-stop for two hours. We didn’t wait that long to head to the hospital though because my doctor thought my labor time would be cut in half – aka 4 hours long. So after 45 minutes of contractions we called Brandon’s parents to come over and be here for Caden when he woke up. My labor ended up being a little longer than Caden’s. I labored from 4:15AM til 4:48PM.
This was taken the night I went into labor (39 weeks even)! So glad we got this pic of C.
We got to the hospital around 6AM and by the time I got to my room my contractions had severely slowed down/almost stopped. When they checked me I was only 1CM (which is where I was the previous friday- 5 days earlier). To say I was bummed was an understatement. When we arrived at the hospital for Caden’s birth, I was already 6CM. The nurses wanted me to bounce on the exercise ball or walk so I decided to bounce for 45 minutes. Man was that exhausting!
This is me on the exercise ball. Look how thrilled I am!
They checked me again and NO PROGRESS. I WAS SO BUMMED. I didn’t have to do anything to progress my labor with C. So they said I should rest/try to sleep since I hadn’t slept since the night before. My sleep was so awful during this pregnancy. It normally took me between 3-5 hours to fall asleep. So awful. I would head to bed around 10:30 and wouldn’t fall asleep til 2/3AM. (All you people who say ‘try to get as much rest as possible before the baby comes!’ PUHLEASE. I am getting so much better rest/sleep now that he’s out. haha.) So I miraculously was able to take a little power nap in the hospital. I woke up to my doctor coming in the room to check me. I was SO happy to hear she was now on call from 8AM to 8PM. The two previous doctors that were on call I hadn’t heard of so I was kind of bummed about that. When she checked me I was 4CM! She was about to send me home but since I was 4CM we decided to get the party started.
Brandon was down in the cafeteria getting breakfast with my bro and sis-in-law who had just arrived from Raleigh. I called B and said I’m 4CM! When they got to the room, the nurses suggested I keep walking to keep things progressing. So we walked and walked…
Time went on and I tried several different things to progress labor before starting any pitocin (my doctor was in emergency surgery and the nurses didn’t want me to be ready to push and not have her available.). I bounced on the ball some more, we walked some more and I even used a pump to try to get my contractions to progress. The pump was the most crucial thing we did, I think, because I was able to get colostrum both times. Which meant when I nursed Theo for the first time he was able to drink right away. I will definitely do that for future pregnancies when I’m in labor.
Here is Steph listening to a woman giving birth in the other room. There was a lot of screaming, haha!
So around 3pm, my nurse had just hooked up the pitocin and my contractions started to go into full force. The thing is the pitocin never actually got into my body. My body must have sensed the pitocin and thought it better get to work. ;) Oh my goodness my contractions were so PAINFUL. We had ordered an epidural as soon as the pitocin was ordered. We were told it was supposed to be 15-30 minutes until I got the epidural but it ended up being over an hour because the anesthesiologist had an emergency. By the time the anesthesiologist got to my room my contractions were so bad I couldn’t even sit up. So I had to lay on my side while he hooked me up. I had so many contractions while he was giving me the epidural and I really felt like I had to push. I was praying outloud, pleading with God to make the epidural work NOW! I have SO much respect for women who give birth without epidurals… I just can not imagine giving birth without one.
Dr. Hirata came in the room and it was go time! The epidural had kicked in and I was ready to push. Brandon asked Dr. H if he could “participate in a major way” for the delivery. She said ‘of course!’ So she got him some gloves and Brandon basically delivered the baby by himself with her instruction! I think I pushed through 3 contractions and he was out!
First picture of the three of us!
My awesome birth team. Dr. H, Brandon, (me and T), my nurses Kim and Amy.
Just staring at his baby
Birth is exhausting.
Hair. So much. His hair isn’t really this curly, this was pre-bath.
A thumb sucker!?
And that’s the end of day one with our Theo! Hopefully we’re not celebrating Theo’s first birthday before I get the day two post out. ;)
Be sure to check out Theo’s Weekly Photos for his weekly pix!